Woodworking Open Shop

This class is run as an open workshop, in which students design and construct projects of their choice. Expert instructors provide individual guidance on design, joinery, construction and finishing, based on individual student needs, and students draw upon each other’s expertise. Students often stay for multiple semesters, enjoying the camaraderie of the shop and progressing to more ambitious projects over time. Many fine pieces of original furniture and cabinetry have come out of this class.

Note: Projects must be kept to a manageable size. Beds, large tables, shelving units and the like put too severe a drain on our limited storage space. Students compelled to make large projects must speak first with an instructor and obtain permission. Our most common solution to these challenges is to ask students to work on parts in Woodworking Open Shop, then assemble larger elements and the final piece through private lessons, outside of regular class time, at a cost of $65/hour. Please inquire for details.

Course Number


Class Size


Age Range


Skill Level



Basic Woodworking

Before entering the wood shop, read about SAFETY.


Bring your own pencil and tape measure or ruler.

With instructors' guidance, you will supply your own wood and any special hardware.

Find out where to buy supplies.

Instructor, Schedule, and Cost


Section 1: 10 Mondays, 12–3pm
1F: Oct 6–Dec 15, 2014 (no class Oct 13)
1W: Jan 19–Mar 23, 2015 (snow day make-up Mar 30)
Instructors: Frank Pettorossi, Blake Johnson
$350 – OPEN

Section 2: 10 Mondays, 6:30–9:30pm
2F: Oct 6–Dec 15, 2014 (no class Oct 13)
2W: Jan 19–Mar 23, 2015 (snow day make-up Mar 30)
Instructors: Julio Fuentes, Joe Stanewick, Charlie Tardanico
$350 – FULL

Section 3: 10 Thursdays, 6:30–9:30pm
3F: Oct 9–Dec 18, 2014 (no class Nov 27)
3W: Jan 15–Mar 19, 2015 (snow day make-up Mar 26)
Instructors: Frank Pettorossi, Jac Van Loon, Howard Shrobe
$350 – OPEN

Section 4: 10 Fridays, 9am–12pm
4F: Oct 10–Dec 19, 2014 (no class Nov 28)
4W: Jan 16–Mar 20, 2015 (snow day make-up Mar 27)
Instructors: Frank Pettorossi, Dyllan Nguyen
$350 – OPEN

Section 5: 10 Saturdays, 9am–12pm
5F: Oct 4–Dec 13, 2014 (no class Nov 29)FULL
5W: Jan 17–Mar 21, 2015 (snow day make-up Mar 28)OPEN
Instructors: Frank Pettorossi, Blake Johnson